William Burroughs and Rock Culture

Masters
Essay
People
Pages 16 (4016 words)
Download 0
William Seward Burroughs II, born on Feb 5, 1914, was a renowned American novelist, essayist, social critic, painter and spoken word performer. He was a prominent member of the Beat Generation, an experimental author who was most admired for his influence on popular culture apart from literature…

Introduction


William was born as the youngest son to a business family in St. Louis. He attended the John Burroughs School in St. Louis where his first published essay, "Personal Magnetism," was published in the John Burroughs Review in 1929. He then attended The Los Alamos Ranch School in New Mexico, which was stressful for him and was soon expelled from Los Alamos after taking chloral hydrate in Santa Fe with a fellow student. He finished high school at Taylor School in St. Louis and, in 1932, left home to pursue an arts degree at Harvard University. He was introduced to the gay culture at Harvard.
According to According to Ted Morgan's Literary Outlaw, "His parents, upon his graduation, had decided to give him a monthly allowance of $200 out of their earnings from Cobblestone Gardens, a tidy sum in those days. It was enough to keep him going, and indeed it guaranteed his survival for the next twenty-five years, arriving with welcome regularity. The allowance was a ticket to freedom; it allowed him to live where he wanted to and to forgo employment. -Ted Morgan, Literary Outlaw. p.65. New York:Avon Books, 1988."
The original edition of Junkie credited to "William Lee" was Burroughs's first novel publication. ...
Download paper
Not exactly what you need?

Related papers

Film, Culture and Society
(Sklar, 1994) Perhaps the reason why Depp has attracted a lot of attention outside his film could be because of his charming personality. He reports to interviews with a cigar in hand and then says hallo to all the members surrounding of the camera crew. Additionally, the actor is quite comfortable with his own personality because he is not afraid of experimenting with fashion. The actor can wear…
Black Female Identity In Contemporary Media Culture
'Mel' has she affectionately became known was placed into the role of the stereotypical wanton, promiscuous seductress black female, Pride (2000, p.62).…
Consumer Culture
The Lexicon Webster dictionary defines the act of consumption as "to destroy or expend by use; to destroy as by decomposition or burning." Consumerism thus suggests a wasteful, unnecessary act that follows the use, and so spawned a culture that is based on luxury not need. The luxuries of consumer culture become more than simply goods but "appear as markers of social status or moral decay,"…
William Shakespeares The Tempest
Prospero, the leading protagonist in Shakespeare’s The Tempest is a domineering man and father. As such, he is a patriarch who exercises his oppression to feminism. His daughter Miranda is portrayed as “perfect”, “peerless”, and the “admired Miranda”. Indeed, Miranda has a very narrow opinion of the role of women. She said that: We are such stuff As dreams are made on; And our little…
William Burroughs and Rock Culture
William was born as the youngest son to a business family in St. Louis. He attended the John Burroughs School in St. Louis where his first published essay, "Personal Magnetism," was published in the John Burroughs Review in 1929. He then attended The Los Alamos Ranch School in New Mexico, which was stressful for him and was soon expelled from Los Alamos after taking chloral hydrate in Santa Fe…
Subcultures
Laughey (2006, pp.29 )has observed that "teenagers used (these) popular arts to search for styles that not only afforded surface but also substantial meaning for their subordinate lives." Here, the usage of the word, 'subordinate' amply represents the common psyche of the age group defined as youth.…
Commuication and Culture
Racial abuse is a serious offence and should be dealt with serious punishments.…